The Sunday Joint

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-19-2024: "LOOK AT ME AND SAY 'I LOVE YOU,' OR 'LET'S FIGHT IT OUT TO THE END.'"

Hey All, You'd need to be a lot deeper in the competitive surfing weeds than I am these days to have seen, live, the bungled hit job Erica Maximo of Portugal laid on Australian Willow Hardy during a four-surfer repercharge heat at the recent ISA World Junior Championships in El Salvador. The set-up is a little complicated, but basically time was running down and Hardy needed a low score to advanc...

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-12-2024: "IN AN OCEAN FULL OF FISH, BE A MERMAID" - JUST NOT AT BONDI BEACH

Hey All, Arne Wong emailed after last week's highly animated (haha) Sunday Joint, to say that Glenn Shot is the original surfer-animator, meaning the first animator who actually surfed, not the first person to animate surfing, and that the foundational clip in the genre is Glen's 1969 head-spinner Eternal Sea—which, incredibly, is the least-druggy part of Natural Art, the trippiest surf film ever...

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-5-2024: GIVE MY CREATURE LIFE! SURFING AND ANIMATION

Hey All, Surfing and animation came together over 100 years ago, peaked in the 1970s, then mic dropped so hard in 2007 with Surf's Up that whatever comes next will be a postscript. This week's Joint is a starter pack of surf animation, arranged oldest to newest. All the titles here are now posted on EOS. I've added a few comments, below, but it's probably worth saying up top, and the point is so ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 4-28-2024: JOEY BURAN DROPS THE BONG, FINDS GOD, WINS PIPE MASTERS

Hey All, Longtime EOS connoisseur Thomas Altee, just after last week's Joint went out, sent me some amazing 1930s footage of Corona Del Mar, which I have downloaded and remixed into this two-minute swing-beat gasser designed to razz your berries and pop your peepers, and yes the drummer on that track is none other than the Big Sid Catlett himself, the heppest skin-tickler of the age. I did not f...

SUNDAY JOINT, 4-21-2024: BAREFOOT AND TAN FOR THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Hey All, Long-time Sunday Joint fanciers might recall me crowing a bit when I posted a complete year-by-year set of Makaha International results, then did the same a few months later with the Duke contest, and I'm about to ride that pony again here today with the Depression-era Pacific Coast Surf Riding Championships. All the blustering means . . . I'm maybe a little insecure about said accompli...

SUNDAY JOINT, 4-13-2024: HIT IT, DON'T BABYSIT IT

Hey All, Remember that thing you did in high school where you’d siphon a half-inch from every bottle in your parents’ liquor cabinet, add orange juice, mix, and look out, world, here comes the party posse? Did you have a name for that drink? In mid-’70s Manhattan Beach it was a Suicide. Here in Seattle, during the ’80s, according to my wife, it was called a Graveyard—and for day drinking during ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 4-7-2024: AND A TURTLE SHALL LEAD THEM

Hey All, Linda Davoli was the stealth surfer in our recent Boyer-Oberg Sunday Joint, and that tracks with the MO of her entire seven-year pro career, during which time you could find reputable surf-world figures who thought Davoli was not among the world's best female surfers but the best, full stop. Scroll to the last wave on this clip. Hang Ten Pro, 1977, First Point Malibu. My take is that Mar...

SUNDAY JOINT, 3-31-2024: SURFING’S BRUSH WITH GREATNESS

Hey All, Airbrushing is still a thing in surfing and always will be, until the Cybertrucks go rogue and bring down the grid at which point the compressors fall silent and we’re back to decorating our boards with charcoal and berry juice. But airbrushing is not a thing in 2024 the way it was in the 1970s and the sport is less colorful for this fact—and a bit less ridiculous, and I mean ridiculous ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 3-24-2024: LYNNE BOYER CAME FOR THE QUEEN – SHE DID NOT MISS

Hey All, We all got ripped off by ignoring or dismissing women surfers year after year, decade after decade. Today’s Joint runs the idea through a pro surfing lens, but the same can be said for the sport in general—more girls in the water means a better surfing experience for all, full stop. Anyway, let’s get to griping. This will not be breaking news, but it is worth noting again because the nu...

SUNDAY JOINT, 3-17-2024: RIDING THAT FINE LINE BETWEEN CLEVER AND STUPID

Hey All, Comedy-loving Boomers are saddened by the fact that Spinal Tap references don’t land like they used to—or don’t land at all—and, in fact, if you play the Tap card here in 2024 you run the risk of being, maybe not laughed at or pitied, but blank-stared, and fair enough, the movie is older than LeBron James. Generations have passed since we first set eyes on Nigel and the boys. Empires hav...